Brexit: CLA calls on MPs to do their bit for rural communities

18 August 2016

The CLA is asking more than 200 MPs in rural areas to take action to help secure a strong future for the rural economy and the environment by supporting the CLA New Opportunities campaign.

The CLA, which represents 32,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses, is running the CLA New Opportunities campaign to ensure that farming, the rural economy and the environment are treated as priorities by Government as the UK prepares for Brexit.

The first two in the CLA’s series of New Opportunities briefings, each exploring a priority Brexit issues for farming and the countryside and setting out the critical decisions that Government must make, can be found at www.cla.org.uk/newopportunities.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “The process of the UK exiting the European Union will lead to the single biggest change in the way we organise and run businesses across the British countryside for generations. The CLA ‘New Opportunities’ Campaign is a chance for people that live and work in the countryside to come together and stand up for rural businesses.

“We are asking MPs to support the campaign and champion a future that allows rural businesses to thrive. A number of MPs are already engaging with the Chancellor and the Environment Secretary on rural issues, and we are calling for their colleagues to add their voices. Rural businesses, Ministers and MPs must work closely together to ensure that farmers and other rural businesses can have the confidence they need to plan ahead, invest and grow.” 

The CLA is asking MPs to support the organisation’s work to secure these priority commitments from Government: 

  • A commitment to deliver a fully-funded world-leading Food, Farming and Environment Policy
  • A commitment to prioritise agriculture and food exports in Brexit and trade negotiations
  • A commitment to improve protection for consumers and our environment whilst reducing burdens on business
  • A commitment to ensure businesses across the rural economy have access to the workers they need to grow their business

A number of rural MPs will also be invited to discuss Brexit issues with landowners, farmers and rural businesses at the CLA New Opportunities Roadshow events which will be taking place across England between 1st and 20th September. These events will provide CLA members with the latest updates, analysis and advice, as well as providing a forum for discussion and consultation.